Winning Streak figures soar by 30,000 for criminal Edward Hutch's appearance
Over 30,000 extra viewers tuned into last Saturday's installment of Winning Streak featuring criminal Edward Hutch.
RTE said viewing figures catapulted to 327,700 from the season average of just 297,000.
The state broadcaster has revealed that it places the episode in one of the top five best performing installments in recent years.
The episode was the first after a summer hiatus for the popular game show but RTE failed to be drawn in as to why the figures were so high.
However, sources have revealed that it may have had something to do with the 'interesting panel of contestants' that also included Miss Donegal Natasha McFadden.
Hutch (39) is the nephew of former crime boss Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, and cousin of Gary Hutch (34) who was gunned down on the Costa Del Sol yesterday.
He scooped over €33,000 in prizes on the show.
The criminal for the north inner city has some 189 convictions for a range of offences, including theft and motoring offences.
The well-known petty criminal was in the audience for the RTE One show after sending in his three stars.
His brother Ross played the game show in his place, and he won a car worth €25,000, and €8,000 in cash.
Ross, who appeared on the show holding a teddy bear mascot, appealed to his brother at certain stages on the show to help him choose his next move.
Hutch was in for a one-in-five chance of spinning the wheel – which could have seen him in with a chance at bringing home €500,000.